Will run for post of Congress chief; no one from Gandhi family to contest polls, says Ashok Gehlot | India News

NEW DELHI: Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday confirmed that he will be running for the topmost post of the party in Congress‘ presidential elections scheduled in October.
“It’s decided that I’ll contest for the post of Congress president. I’ll fix the date soon to file the nomination. It’s a need for the Opposition to be strong, looking at the current position of the country”, he told news agency ANI.
Gehlot further added that he has requested Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to accept proposal of everyone who wants to fight for party’s presidential post.
He also made it clear that no one from the Gandhi family should become the next Congress chief.
Gehlot’s statement comes a day after Congress put out its schedule for the upcoming presidential elections.
Rahul Gandhi is not likely to run for the presidential poll scheduled to be held on October 17. The results will be announced on October 19.
Describing the post of Congress president as an “ideological post”, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the position “represents a set of ideas and belief system and vision of India”.
(With inputs from agencies)

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